The difficulties in emotion regulation scale

Factor structure in chronic pain patients

Gyöngyi Kökönyei, R. Urbán, Melinda Reinhardt, Anna Józan, Z. Demetrovics

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Abstract

Objective: Research suggests that emotions and emotion regulation processes can influence both the sensory (e.g., intensity) and the affective (unpleasantness) components of pain. The purpose of this study was to investigate the factor structure and validity of the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS; Gratz and Roemer, 2004) in medical sample with persistent pain. Method: Data were collected from 207 chronic pain patients (82.6% female; mean age = 51.96). We applied confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) to test measurement model of emotion dysregulation and CFA with covariates to test construct and convergent validity of the DERS. Results: The original factor structure of the DERS was not supported in our medical sample. However, after some modifications the DERS yielded good fit. Validity of the DERS was confirmed. All the subscales had significant relationship with depression measure, and all the subscales except one correlated with Difficulties in Identifying Feelings component of alexithymia. Conclusions: The DERS proved to be an adequate measure of clinically relevant dimensions of emotional dysregulation in chronic pain patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-600
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Volume70
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Chronic Pain
Emotions
Statistical Factor Analysis
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Affective Symptoms
Emotion Regulation
Emotion
Depression
Research
Confirmatory Factor Analysis
Affective
Alexithymia

Keywords

  • Chronic pain
  • Confirmatory factor analysis
  • Difficulties in emotion regulation scale
  • Emotion regulation
  • Psychometrics

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  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Medicine(all)

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The difficulties in emotion regulation scale : Factor structure in chronic pain patients. / Kökönyei, Gyöngyi; Urbán, R.; Reinhardt, Melinda; Józan, Anna; Demetrovics, Z.

In: Journal of Clinical Psychology, Vol. 70, No. 6, 2014, p. 589-600.

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Kökönyei, Gyöngyi ; Urbán, R. ; Reinhardt, Melinda ; Józan, Anna ; Demetrovics, Z. / The difficulties in emotion regulation scale : Factor structure in chronic pain patients. In: Journal of Clinical Psychology. 2014 ; Vol. 70, No. 6. pp. 589-600.
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